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#1 hobgoblin933

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:45 PM

I haven't been very into hockey for a very long time (only since the 2007 playoffs), and I was wondering why the commissioner is so hated? In any interview or TV appearance I've seen him in, he always seems outspoken and less cryptic and "corporate" than a lot of other people in executive positions are. Did he do something in the past that I don't know about? Is it because of the lockout and the rule changes and stuff?
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:46 PM

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:51 PM

Because with him at the helm there have been two lockouts costing us 1 1/2 seasons of hockey. And he sucks.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:51 PM

yeah, saw that site. seems pretty uninformative though. is it just because of high prices and stuff? it just seems weird
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:59 PM

ALSO: I meant to post this thread under my name. Hobgoblin is my friend and signed on here and I didn't notice. (i'm the noob, not him)
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:01 PM

He gets to take the slack for anyone's displeasure the league. He is ALWAYS boo'd. Especially when he presents the cup. Which is stupid because Anaheim, Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Chicago winning were probably a product of his ideals and his system.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:05 PM

He gets to take the slack for anyone's displeasure the league. He is ALWAYS boo'd. Especially when he presents the cup. Which is stupid because Anaheim, Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Chicago winning were probably a product of his ideals and his system.



I always kinda get that feeling kind of myself. It's kinda lame. Makes me feel like he definitely doesn't want NJ to have another cup if he's aiming for bigger market teams to make the NHL money. But I don't really know how any of it works so...
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:16 PM

In short:

- Trying to turn the NHL into the NBA (used to be an exec for the NBA)
- Dumbing down the game so "casual" viewers can adopt easier (I so miss the Wales and Cambell conferences and the Patrick and other divisions)
- Has a burning man-crush on Sidney
- Has a slightly less burning man-crush on Ovechkin
- Because of Crosby and Ovechkin, lets the TV networks only promote them along with Toronto, Philly, NY, LA, Chicago and Detroit. All other markets are SOL.
- When was the last time you saw the Devils on NBC and it was not against any of the above teams mentioned?
- Beats his wife (I'm guessing at this one as I have no evidence)
- Under his tenure, more teams have folded, relocated, and expanded than ever before thus dropping the overall quality due to the high number of teams
- 2005 Lockout
- Phoenix Coyotes
- Brodeur Rule (I might be wrong on this as this is most likely the Board of Gov fault)

That's the gist of it.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:19 PM

Well now I hate him. Mission accomplished.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:22 PM

OLN/Versus TV contract and the glowing puck
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:24 PM

for going against everything that is common sense in business and public relations of a sport which deserves a little more recognition than the pre-race bullsh!t of a horse race.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:26 PM

In short:

- Trying to turn the NHL into the NBA (used to be an exec for the NBA)
- Dumbing down the game so "casual" viewers can adopt easier (I so miss the Wales and Cambell conferences and the Patrick and other divisions)
- Has a burning man-crush on Sidney
- Has a slightly less burning man-crush on Ovechkin
- Because of Crosby and Ovechkin, lets the TV networks only promote them along with Toronto, Philly, NY, LA, Chicago and Detroit. All other markets are SOL.
- When was the last time you saw the Devils on NBC and it was not against any of the above teams mentioned?
- Beats his wife (I'm guessing at this one as I have no evidence)
- Under his tenure, more teams have folded, relocated, and expanded than ever before thus dropping the overall quality due to the high number of teams
- 2005 Lockout
- Phoenix Coyotes
- Brodeur Rule (I might be wrong on this as this is most likely the Board of Gov fault)

That's the gist of it.


I'll wait for someone to provide me with ONE shred of evidence of anything he's personal done to warrant so much hate. Hopefully you realize how many people are employed with the NHL to make these decisions.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:30 PM

I'll wait for someone to provide me with ONE shred of evidence of anything he's personal done to warrant so much hate. Hopefully you realize how many people are employed with the NHL to make these decisions.



Here is the smoking gun:

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:37 PM

People boo because they don't know any better.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:00 PM

People boo because they don't know any better.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:06 PM

Here is the smoking gun:

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I approve hahaha.
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#18 Neb00rs

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:11 PM

People boo because they don't know any better.

I'll second that. I boo my lungs out and I have no idea why.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:25 PM

Dont forget he tried to move us to Nashville
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:29 PM

Also I did not know he was getting booed. I always thought the crowd was saying booo-urns.
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